The Path to Becoming an Actor

1. Highschool

Typically the path to a career in acting starts in high school drama class. Bitten by the acting bug, students are given the opportunity to try a number of roles and styles in high school where there is little serious competition. Drama classes can also introduce students to different aspects of acting including production, directing, methods of acting, script writing and more.


Developing skills and getting valuable experience during high school students get a sense of what it is like to perform in front of large audiences.


2. Local Theater

Working on the idea of getting as much experience and exposure as possible, applying for local productions at community theaters will give help to hone the actors skills.


3. An Education

Many actors go on to college or university to continue learning the craft. Post-secondary drama programs can be found at nearly every college and university in North America. These classes help to teach diverse skills and also open doors to larger productions and networking opportunities. Learning a broad range of subjects and skills also gives the actor more range.


Many actors move to Hollywood where the top agents, acting academies, and celebrities can pave the way. An aspiring actor, Jon Bunge recently made the move from Orlando, Florida to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of acting. While he waits for his big break, he takes classes such as contract negotiation, theater history, stage production as well as dance, music and the like.


4. Practice Practice Practice

It can be a challenging world to break into. It is important that actors starting their career preserve and attend as many auditions, reading and events as possible. While talent is important, eagerness and good networking skills will create the most opportunities. It can take many ears to land a high profile role. A positive attitude and constant self-improvement is the best way to keep a steady stream of work while waiting for your big break.


5. Act Act Act

Building an acting resume or reel with as many jobs as possible is important. No job is too small. Just as an actor must continue to hone their skills, exposure to as many types of acting jobs improve chances of landing a significant role.


6. Hire an Agent

With a little momentum begins, it’s time to call the agents you’ve been networking with. An experienced agent can help actors succeed by using their extensive list of contacts as well as help them avoid mistakes, gain access to auditions they wouldn’t otherwise have access to and help negotiate the best contracts. While not all actors have agents, though motivated to work with the top production companies and in the largest theaters will need to have one.


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